Making Sense of Nutrition Content and Cost of Food

I often hear people complain that “healthy” food is too expensive. Often, packaged food that is marketed as “better for you” than cheaper alternatives scarily offers no real benefit. The cost of fruits and vegetables will add up if you’re trying to eat them in addition to your regular meals. Making them part of your…

Why is Everyone Always Talking About Fiber?

Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. But why does that matter? Fiber helps you to achieve and maintain healthy body weight.  Fiber takes more chewing, slow the passage of food through the digestive tract so that you feel full, and may stimulate hormones that tell the brain to stop eating. It…

Are Your Eating Habits Making You Tired?

It seems like everyone is tired and sick right now. I can’t tell if I’m just worn out or if my body is trying to fight off a cold, cough or some other crud. What and how you eat can affect your energy level throughout the day. If you are also feeling groggy, maybe these…

Do Calories Even Matter Anymore?

A panel of researchers declared that “our current system for assessing calories is surely wrong” at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A growing body of evidence proves that certain types of foods are processed differently in the body, resulting in more or fewer calories being absorbed than…

Eat Carrots and Apples to be Happier?

One of the more frustrating things about being a health professional is the realization that being physically healthy is not necessarily motivation enough. It isn’t enough for a lot of people, and the older I get, the easier it is to not only accept this but to begin to understand it. It’s tough to be…